Friday, April 2, 2010
SHADING WITH WATERCOLOR and GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
6 grade-8 grade
DISCUSSION: WATERCOLOR Techniques:
Wet on Wet
Wet on Dry
Using a paper towel to control the paint
Pass out a photograph of a different flower to each student. I gave both Black and white and color photos so they could see all the details.
Ask each student to talk about their flower
ARTIST: Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986)
An American artist.
O'Keeffe was a major figure in American art from the 1920s.
She received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style.
She is known for paintings of flowers, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.
O'Keeffe played a central role in bringing an American art style to Europe at a time when the majority of influence flowed in the opposite direction.
This feat enhanced her art-historical importance given that she was one of few women to have gained entry to this level of professional influence.
She found artistic inspiration in the rural Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, where she settled late in life.
PROJECT: create a Georgia O'Keeffe Flower in watercolor
Tape your edges so you have a crisp white border around your watercolor
Step1: Draw your flower in a quick one minute blind contour drawing
FILL YOUR 12x18 page with the flower
Step2: Find the light parts of your flower and the dark parts of your flower
Step3: using watercolor techniques discussed begin to fill in your flower adding shade and tints
Step4: Finish your flower